Last year, I trained for and completed the 2015 Chicago Marathon on behalf of St. Jude. It was an amazing experience, and the training did more than just get me ready for the race, but also conditioned my body in a way I never imagined possible while also allowing me to rack up mileage I didn’t think I’d ever run in a year. My training plan alone called for 705 miles, and there were still seven months of the year left for more running. I finished the year at about 950 miles (I started the year with an injury, so I really only ran for about eight months). Doing the marathon also meant I was generally at the top of the various social fitness platforms I’m a part of (Nike+, Garmin Connect, DailyMile, Strava, MapMyRun, MyFitnessPal). This year, I have no races planned, and certainly nothing like a marathon is in the cards as my job has made fitting in that level of training extremely tough. So I had no expectations of being at the top of any leaderboards and certainly not surpassing the miles I ran last year.
This year, without really planning to, I started a running streak of doing at least 5K every day (if you follow me on social media, you’d see a lot of posts with “#5KEveryDay”). I had to take a break due to a broken bone in my foot that was acting up, but I’m back at it, and doing well.
So the other morning after a run, I wondered how my mileage was stacking up against last year. Turns out, I’m actually on track to surpass last year’s mileage, and even break through the 1,000 mile mark! As of writing this, I’ve run 587.1 miles, and am consistently breaking 100 miles per month (I’m at 114 for July, with one day left to go). At this pace, I could even break 1,100 miles this year.
I’ve also been at the front of the leaderboards pretty much every month I’ve been able to run. And two of my friends are training for marathons. I don’t expect to stay at the front as they get into much longer long runs, but it’s been really surprising to me.
Fitness-wise, I am also in similar shape to how I was during the training. My weight is within a couple of pounds, my body fat is essentially the same, and I’ve been sick and injured the same or less.[tweet_box design=”default”]Something is better than nothing, so #dosomething and #value what you do.[/tweet_box]
So why am I writing this? Not to brag or pat myself on the back. I’m writing this to share the idea that you don’t have to do something profound to do well. You don’t have to climb mount Everest to be a good climber. You don’t have to write a best selling book to be a good writer. You don’t have to be a classically trained chef to cook good food. For me, I’ve seen first hand how putting in the work consistently is just as valuable as putting in extreme work. Just because you can’t do something huge, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do anything. Something is better than nothing, so do something and value what you do. Allow it to be great. [tweet_dis]Let the #success of what you are doing to matter[/tweet_dis].
Achieving is important. Recognizing your achievements is just as important. Achieving is for the physical, recognizing is for the mental, and both are how you enlighten.your.body.